Serbia grew to become the primary crew to achieve the Fiba World Cup semifinals after beating Lithuania 87-68 because the knockout section bought underway on Tuesday in Manila.
Bogdan Bogdanovic had 21 factors for Serbia, which can play both Canada or Slovenia within the semifinals on Friday.
Lithuania went into the sport because the match’s solely unbeaten crew after downing the United States of their earlier outing.
However the Serbians took management within the second quarter, outscoring Lithuania 25-13 to open up a lead that they by no means gave again.
Bogdanovic, who performs for the Atlanta Hawks within the NBA, guard had 18 factors within the first half alone for Serbia.
Bogdanovic completed as his crew’s high scorer, adopted by Filip Petrusev with 17 factors and Stefan Jovic with 11.
Tadas Sedekerskis was Lithuania’s high scorer with 14 factors, adopted by Rokas Jokubaitis with 13.
Lithuania couldn’t repeat the robust begin they made in opposition to the US, the place it nailed its first 9 three-point makes an attempt earlier than happening to say a 110-104 win.
Serbia was taking part in with out energy ahead Borisa Simanic, who underwent surgical procedure to take away a kidney on Sunday after being injured earlier within the match.
Simanic was hit by a South Sudan participant’s elbow throughout a pool sport on August 30.
Nikola Jokic, who led the Denver Nuggets to final season’s NBA title and was named MVP of the Finals, isn’t showing for Serbia on the World Cup as he rests forward of the brand new season.
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